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It's not about East Lawrence, though. It's about half a million dollars and, for example, things like literal "street art" that didn't last more than 3 weeks. (And NOT because of graffiti.)
Sure, there are people who don't support public art. Or who will point to the graffiti in the Pinckney tunnel. Or that it's been 3 and a half years since grant funding was awarded and, while $157,000 has already been spent on "a chance to create something cool", there's actually nothing to see.
But it's not East Lawrence that people are complaining about. It's the large amounts of money being spent with nothing to show for it.
Posted 7 January 2018, 1:02 p.m.
I find this highly illogical. I mean, if you have a 0.5% tax to pay for two projects, but the tax money can't be split between the two projects (e.g. 0.4% to one and 0.1% to the other), then just how do you pay for both projects with the tax money? Unless, of course, you make the mental health campus a permanent part of the jail (or vice versa) in the same location. And I wouldn't hold my breath for voters supporting *that*.
My gosh. Even the 0,25% split causes the same problem, i.e. the money can't be spent on what is needed and *how* it's needed.
Posted 7 January 2018, 12:40 p.m.
So you're suggesting we get rid of the police because they're government employees? I mean, that *IS* what it sounds like. If so, should we privatize the military? Fire departments? How about judges?
Or why don't we just get rid of police and judges and juries and leave guilty/not guilty up to people like you and base those decisions not on any evidence but only personal prejudices? (And make sure that NO ONE has EVER worked for ANY government in any way, shape or manner.) Heck, private prisons work soooo well, so why not privatize ALL this gummint stuff? We don't need no stinkin' Constitution.
Posted 31 December 2017, 3:48 p.m.
As an aside, this editorial that impresses you so makes claims like "Tax experts agree that the current rate is so high it puts American business at a disadvantage with foreign competition". That is pure nonsense.
Our corporate tax rate is nothing but a statutory rate...the rate BEFORE deductions...NOT what it really costs businesses. But, hey...why would you conservatives want to believe liberals. Or economists. Or tax experts. I mean, it takes all the fun out of things, right?
Posted 22 December 2017, 8:52 p.m.
I'd love to see these corporations make all "their" money without any workers. Or does that mean that Trump will stop ranting about "the wall" and we'll use immigrants instead??
P.S. Without people having any money to spend and buy things with, those corporations will soon find themselves up you-know-what's creek really fast.
Posted 22 December 2017, 8:43 p.m.
According to this article, Wells Fargo is going to raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour. That means the workers who actually...gasp...do the work will make an exciting $31,200 a year. Do you truly not see anything kinda unimpressive about this?
Posted 22 December 2017, 8:40 p.m.
CoreCivic...formerly Community Corporation of America...and we're supposed to believe THOSE crooks??? Jeez Louise!!
When you have a private, for-profit prison corporation literally writing things in their official reports like:
"The demand for our facilities and services could be adversely affected by the relaxation of enforcement efforts, leniency in conviction or parole standards and sentencing practices or through the decriminalization of certain activities that are currently proscribed by our criminal laws. For instance, any changes with respect to drugs and controlled substances or illegal immigration could affect the number of persons arrested, convicted, and sentenced, thereby potentially reducing demand for correctional facilities to house them", then you KNOW you have a problem actually created by people who don't give two hoots about the human beings involved. Just the $$$$$$.
NO! To lease-purchase. YES!! to Issuing bonds. There's a reason CCA changed their name. And it wasn't a good one. But, hey, GOP legislators using common sense instead of wasting taxpayers money? Silly me.
Posted 22 December 2017, 8:16 p.m.
Congress didn't want to pay for CHIP, but an ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom...now THAT is essential. NOT!!!
Posted 22 December 2017, 6:21 p.m.
Why does Tom Markus think that this design-build process helps ANYONE except the builders (and architects)? It would have cost us almost TWICE as much $$$ to build Rock Chalk had we done what Markus wants us to do. And this is in the taxpayers' best interests...how???
And for him to argue that design/build is *the* way to go because it allegedly "allows more collaboration between the city, the architects and the builders" is just pure nonsense. Sure. There are times it could be the best way to go. But when we're talking the difference between $20 million and $10.5 million dollars, then someone needs to buy him new calculator...and needs to explain the concept of "collaboration" to him.
Posted 6 December 2017, 8:39 p.m.
So you think that keeping certain people from purchasing guns won't change anything? Or that, say, banning bump stocks won't change anything?
We're not expecting perfection, Jim. Just hoping for logical improvements.
Posted 12 November 2017, 12:53 p.m.
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